US seizes tanker used to evade North Korea sanctions

US says 2,734-tonne M/T Courageous was seized in Cambodia after it transferred more than $1.5m worth of oil to a North Korean ship.

The United States has seized a Singapore-owned oil tanker that was used to make oil deliveries to North Korea in violation of international sanctions, the Justice Department said.

A New York federal judge issued a judgement of forfeiture authorising the US to take ownership of the M/T Courageous, which is currently in Cambodia.

The ship, which has a capacity of 2,734-tonne, was bought by Singaporean national Kwek Kee Seng, who remains at large, according to a Justice Department statement on Friday.

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